Equilibrium in statistical mechanics: systems exchanging energy are most likely to have individual energies that maximize the overall number of states. (Image by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)
Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.